Broadstone Community Speed Watch – July 2019

‘Making Broadstone a safer place to live’

Broadstone Community Speed Watch was established in 2013 against a background of increasing numbers of road casualties and deaths in the county, and rising concerns in many communities regarding the risks posed to all residents by speeding vehicles.

In order to establish Community Speed Watch in Broadstone, residents were requested to identify roads in our community where speeding was a serious concern. The roads identified were then risk assessed by Dorset Police, and a set number of roads were confirmed as being suitable for Community Speed Watch operations.

At the same time volunteers, willing to contribute their own time to carry out such operations, were vetted by Dorset Police to confirm their suitability. Those selected were then issued with the necessary equipment, and were trained by Police officers to operate the equipment and mount CSW operations within strict guidelines laid down by Dorset Police.

Broadstone Community Speed Watch operations commenced in late 2014, and continued until January 2017 when it was decided that Broadstone Community Speed Watch should re-form as an independent Watch. In April 2017 Broadstone Community Speed Watch was relaunched, and it began operating independently on the 8th May.

Since that time Broadstone Community Speed Watch has been transformed from a Watch that began by carrying out 12 CSW operations a year to one that, since being re-formed, now carries out in excess of 100 operations per year. From being at the bottom of the league table of 80 + CSW teams to being at the top of the table. Most importantly, the numbers of vehicles detected speeding are down by more than 50%.

This achievement has been hard earned, and we will always need new volunteers to ensure that this effort, and the benefits to our community, are not wasted. Do contact us via our website, Dorset Police RoadSafe website or call 101 to find out more about Community Speed Watch.

Remember – Road safety is a ‘whole ship’ activity in which we all have a part to play.

This month’s word – ‘Tailgating!’


Broadstone Community Speed Watch – June 2019

‘Making Broadstone a safer place to live’

At the time of composing this article it would be all too easy to look back at the previous 12 months, and to say ‘job done’. Perhaps even more so since your Community Speed Watch team recently had its efforts recognised by way of a roadside presentation by the Police & Crime Commissioner Martin Underhill, this in the form of a Certificate of Commendation for completing 100 roadside CSW operations in the year Jan – Dec 2018. From this presentation an article and photographs appeared in the Bournemouth Echo, and following that Radio Solent invited one of your BCSW team to contribute to a brief Q &A session live on air. All of this from a Speed Watch team who in 2015/16 were carrying out just twelve CSW operations a year? Undeniably a very good result, but there is still much for us to do to promote and ensure that Broadstone is indeed a ‘safer place to live’.

Police & Crime Commissioner Martin Underhill, presents the Broadstone Community Speed Watch team with a Certificate of Commendation for completing 100 roadside CSW operations in the year Jan – Dec 2018

Mindful that we have more to do, and as a top performer in the Dorset CSW league table, we do need your help to achieve our principal aim. This to continue to reduce the numbers of speeding vehicles on our roads to the lowest possible number, and to do this we do need additional volunteers from our community, and even elsewhere, to help us to build on this outstanding effort thus far. So if you would like to know more about Community Speed Watch, and what we do, go to our website at , e-mail us at or just come and speak with us when we are operating at the roadside.

For anyone who may think that they might like to see what we do before making any commitment, we run ‘taster’ sessions.

Finally, to all those road users who stop to talk to us, wave and/or give us a ‘thumbs-up’ – Thank you!

Stay safe, and stay well.


Broadstone Community Speed Watch – May 2019

‘Making Broadstone a safer place to live’

May is an important month for your Broadstone Community Speed Watch team, if only in that this month we will be celebrating our second anniversary since we established ourselves as an independent Watch in January 2017.

A lot has happened since we carried out the first Broadstone Community Speed under new arrangements on Monday the 8th May 2017. Below are some facts and figures that may be of interest;-

BCSW operations: 220
Vehicles monitored: 61000 +
Vehicles recorded as speeding: 1000 +

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Pavement parking may be kicked to the kerb

Parking on the pavement could be banned across England, based on the upcoming findings of a new inquiry launched by a parliamentary committee.

The parliamentary Transport Select Committee will explore the issue of pavement parking, which can cause safety issues for pedestrians when vehicles block walkways.

As well as forcing pedestrians out into the road, pavement parking can also cause substantial damage to kerbs and pathways, with councils forced to foot the repair bills.

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Broadstone Community Speed Watch – April 2019

‘Making Broadstone a safer place to live’

April, the month of showers! Or at least that is how it used to be when I was younger. Nowadays it seems that we can still have a threat of snow in the forecast? Thankfully we have now moved our clocks forward into British Summer Time and the promise of lighter mornings and evenings, and this means that your Community Speed Watch team can begin to extend their operating hours and coverage on all of the Broadstone roads authorized and approved by Dorset Police for Community Speed Watch operations.

The winter months have been challenging for all of our road users and ourselves. Despite this, and not unusually, we have witnessed the good, the bad and the ugly in terms of road user behaviour over this period. Excess speed, tailgating, faulty headlights, cyclists without any lights and some without any head protection, pedestrians oblivious of what is going on around them, to name but a few.

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Broadstone Community Speed Watch Statistics – January 2019

Statistics for Broadstone Community Speed Watch during January 2019.

All the roads in the table below are authorised by Dorset Police for carrying out speed watches. Those roads with no data had no speed watches during the month.


Location in Broadstone Total sessions Total Vehicles counted Total vehicles speeding
All roads (1st to 31st January 2019) 7 2176 22
Higher Blandford Road 2 926 7
Springdale Road 3 837 11
Pinesprings Drive 2 413 4

Broadstone Community Speed Watch – March 2019

‘Making Broadstone a safer place to live’

March, the month when winter might start to release its grip on our weather but more often than not this is too early. That said March is the month in which we put our clocks forward towards summer so the hours of daylight are being extended, so good news for regular road users.

March is also the month when your Community Speed Watch Team will be less restricted by the operating limits imposed by adverse winter conditions and limited hours of daylight, so expect to see your CSW team carrying out more operations at the roadside.

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Speedwatch will soon issue fines rather than letter

Speedwatch volunteers may soon issue fines

SPEEDING drivers who are dismissive of Speedwatch volunteers might like to pay a little more attention in future.

Dorset Police will be rolling out a dedicated officer who will move around to work with the county’s 600 Speedwatch helpers. That means it’s likely to result in more drivers getting a fine rather than a warning letter.

Chief Constable James Vaughan revealed the move when talking about his plans for the year ahead at Thursday’s county police and crime panel.

He said volunteers put in some 16,000 hours each year.

“There is a growing sense that they are a toothless tiger – but we will put some sting into that tail,” he said.

“We want to get a full time professional operator so people won’t know whether they will be getting a letter or a fine.”

From Bournemouth Echo 14th February 2019

Broadstone Speed Watch Statistics for 2018

This table shows totals since the beginning of recording on 1st January to 31st December 2018.

Location Total sessions Total Vehicles counted Total vehicles speeding
All roads (1st January to 31st December 2018) 104 32231 573
Dunyeats Road 3 1217 2
Higher Blandford Road 27 12,634 169
Lower Blandford Road 1 550 0
Springdale Road 16 4975 90
West Way 3 1012 2
Pinesprings Drive 39 9900 277
Roman Road 5 725 17
Lancaster Drive 5 564 8
Clarendon Road 2 361 6
The Broadway 3 1012 2

2018 is Safest Year Ever On Dorset Roads

Since 2012, the number of people killed and seriously injured on Dorset’s roads has shown a sustained fall.

In 2012 it was 355, in 2018 with figures to be confirmed, it was 239, a reduction of slightly more than 32.

Slight or minor collisions have showed a similar reduction of a little over 30%.

An average of 378 people were killed or seriously injured on Dorset’s roads in the preceding 13 years (1999 – 2011), again showing a steady reduction to the present.

Chief Constable James Vaughan, Police and Crime Commissioner Martyn Underhill and Head of Roads Policing Chief Inspector Adrian Leisk have put the positive change down to active and intelligence led roads policing, investment of funds and resources and close partnership working.

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